B.A. International Business Administration

University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main | Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Internationalisation ranks prominently among our university’s objectives. The new International Bachelor Programme in Business Administration is a further step towards ambitious objectives set by this strategy. The new concept adds an attractive and flexible international programme to FHFFM’s existing portfolio of successful Bachelor and Master programmes.

Description of International Business Administration


Alumni will be well qualified for management roles with international enterprises and institutions. Students acquire an unusual level of language competencies and intercultural experience. A solid education in core areas such as business administration, macroeconomics and law is complemented by insights into political, legal and economic factors relevant in an international context. Additionally, students will be honing their communication skills and learn how to deal with cultural differences.

The International Bachelor Business Administration - a seven semester programme starting in October 2010 includes an International Year taught in English as well as a mandatory internship students are encouraged to complete in an international context. At the same time, the programme emphasizes an education in a multinational learning environment. The flexible programme provides a variety of options for German applicants to collaborate and study with students from different countries by spending the International Year either at home together with incoming students from partner universities or at a partner university abroad. International students, on the other hand, will during their stay in Frankfurt study with German students as well as with incomings from other partner universities. They will all be taught in common English classes instead of being separated into an international English- and a national German-taught track. However, incoming students may also opt to take classes in the same subjects taught in German.

Domestic and international students who successfully pass the International Year and the internship with a host university abroad may be entitled to acquire in addition to their home universitys Bachelor degree - the Bachelor degree of the host university (Double Degree programme) if such an agreement exists.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 15 fall entry
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)

According to State-of-Hesse legislation no tuition charged. Immatriculation fees 50 per semester. About 200 charged for certain services (subsidised meals obtained in the student canteen, medical services, liability insurance, student union, and a so-called semester ticket). The semester ticket enables students to travel free of charge on the regions public transportation system.

Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 210 ECTS
Duration full-time 42 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Course Structure

In the first two semesters students learn the fundamentals and principles in disciplines relevant to business administration.

Semesters 3 and 4 are taught in English. The courses in semester 4 are dedicated to international subjects and therefore are designed for the international programme exclusively.

The internship is scheduled for semester 5. Students are encouraged but not obliged to seek a placement outside their home country.

In subsequent semesters, students select two specialisations. Areas of specialisation include:

Financial Services

· Marketing

· Human Resources Management

· Production and Logistics Management

· Taxation

· Controlling

Required electives may be selected from the following:

· International Management

· Business Law

· Business Organisation

· Insurance

· Business Language

· Business information systems: ERP and Business Process Management

· Business information systems: Internet and Multimedia

· Business information systems: Systems Analysis

· Entrepreneurship

Students conclude their studies with a bachelor thesis and an oral examination. In the oral examination, students must demonstrate that they can explain and defend the findings of their Bachelor thesis.

The degree of International Bachelor in Business Administration from FHFFM is meant to signify that just as with our well-reputed domestic programme the bearer has received a broad and in-depth business education.

English Language Requirements

Take IELTS test

Requirements for International Business Administration

Admission requirements

To be admitted, prospective students will have to provide evidence of sufficient command of English. Unless they have English as their native language and/or have completed their college prep school education at an English-language school this will usually be proven by passing the IELTS with a score of at least 6.0 or the TOEFL with a score of at least 80. Another option for students who have finished completed a German school education is the completion of a Leistungskurs in English with a grade of at least 3.0.

Partner Universities

Contacts and partner universities are in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gent, Helsinki, Cracow, Budapest and La Crosse, Wisconsin/USA. For their exchange terms, students will be assigned to partner universities according to demand and availability.

Work Experience for International Business Administration

No work experience is required.

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University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Germany The Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main offers practice-oriented study programs of a high academic standard on Bachelor and Master levels, opening the way to a broad range of attractive professions. Our international orientation smooths the way to the global job market: we offer not only a wide range of language courses and language learning levels, but have partnerships with 100 universities worldwide.

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